- +PAX Prayers for the following: Rosie, 27, terminal cancer, for either a miracle of heaing or her happy death, whichever God wills. Tom and his granddaughter,Message 1 of 102 , Aug 21, 2013View Source+PAX
Prayers for the following:
Rosie, 27, terminal cancer, for either a miracle of heaing or her happy death, whichever God wills.
Tom and his granddaughter, Mara, health and happiness.
Chance, that he is successful in getting the new job he applied for. Chance and his wife Michelle are really up against it and he really needs this job.
Kiron, young woman hit by a taxi in Rome, for whom we prayed, is being discharged. Deo gratias, and continued prayers as she still has some recovery ahead.
the clergy and parishioners of St. John the Baptist Albanian Orthodox Church, South Boston. Five alarm fire.
K., for her happy and peaceful death, stage four cancer spread to her liver, getting weaker.
Lord, help us all as You know and will. God's will is best. All is mercy and
grace. God is never absent, praise Him! Thanks so much. JL
April 22, August 22, December 22
Chapter 65: On the Prior of the Monastery
It happens all too often that the constituting of a Prior gives rise
to grave scandals in monasteries. For there are some who become
inflated with the evil spirit of pride and consider themselves
second Abbots. By usurping power they foster scandals and cause
dissensions in the community. Especially does this happen in those
places where the Prior is constituted by the same Bishop or the same
Abbots who constitute the Abbot himself.
What an absurd procedure this is can easily be seen; for it gives
the Prior an occasion for becoming proud from the very time of his
constitution, by putting the thought into his mind
that he is freed from the authority of his Abbot: "For," he will say
to himself, "you were constituted by the same persons who constitute
the Abbot." From this source are stirred up envy, quarrels,
detraction, rivalry, dissensions and disorders. For while the Abbot
and the Prior are at variance, their souls cannot but be endangered
by this dissension; and those who are under them, currying favor
with one side or the other, go to ruin. The guilt for this dangerous
state of affairs rests on the heads of those whose action brought
about such disorder.
St. Benedict tries to guarantee unity by letting the Abbot choose
his own Prior, parents can do it by a struggle to overcome their own
personal differences for the good of the children. This is not to
say that the parents can necessarily get over their problems, but
that they must at least try to be consistent with the children, for
the children's sakes. As St. Benedict points out, this choosing of
sides in child or monastic, can lead to ruin.
Why does it lead to ruin? Because manipulation to some degree puts
us in charge of ourselves, something no child and only the rarest of
monastics is strong enough to be. As St. Bernard of Clairvaux
said: "The one who has himself for a master has a fool for a
One reason we took obedience upon ourselves was our knowledge of our
own weakness. This knowledge can fade and dim with time, we can be
convinced we know better. Religious obedience is a real protection from harm.
Benedictines not only are not in charge of themselves, but, as the Holy Rule
defines cenobitic community life, they "desire" this lack of control.
They "desire to live under a Rule and an Abbot."
Love and prayers,
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- +PAX Prayers for Dot, 86, COPD, on her birthday. Continued prayers for Beckham, surgery to remove bladder blockage was successful, kidney damage remains to beMessage 102 of 102 , Sep 6, 2013View Source+PAXPrayers for Dot, 86, COPD, on her birthday.Continued prayers for Beckham, surgery to remove bladder blockage was successful, kidney damage remains to be determined.Deo gratias, Bone scan for DJ shows cancer is contained in the prostate and he will have surgery Sept 30. Of your kindness please continue to pray that surgery will eradicate all the cancer.God's will is best. All is mercy and grace. God is never absent. Thanks so much! JL
January 7, May 8, September 7
And so we are going to establish
a school for the service of the Lord.
In founding it we hope to introduce nothing harsh or burdensome.
But if a certain strictness results from the dictates of equity
for the amendment of vices or the preservation of charity,
do not be at once dismayed and fly from the way of salvation,
whose entrance cannot but be narrow (Matt. 7:14).
For as we advance in the religious life and in faith,
our hearts expand
and we run the way of God's commandments
with unspeakable sweetness of love (Ps. 118:32).
Thus, never departing from His school,
but persevering in the monastery according to His teaching
we may by patience share in the sufferings of Christ (1 Peter 4:13)
and deserve to have a share also in His kingdom.
"Our hearts expand..." they truly do. Mine has already been
wonderfully stretched and pulled and enlarged beyond my wildest
dreams, often with me kicking and screaming every inch of the way. I
have no doubt that it will grow bigger still, capable of holding
more, but I know I could not stand that now, it would be too much.
God works slowly, according to our individual needs. Better than
anyone, He knows that doing it all at once would reduce us to
The biggest factor that I can see in God's work of heart renovation
for me has been intercessory prayer. When you renovate a building,
you have to tear down some walls, a dusty, ugly, painful mess. Ah,
but the light and air and space that one finds in those new areas
where walls had stood! In praying for God's people, I learned to love
them, more prayer equaled more love and so it spiraled upward and
The rain for my roots was that work in progress, the expansion of my
heart. It's not the same as other loves I have known and in no way as
graphic or immediate or intimate, but oh, it is deep. I am sure it is
not incompatible with married love, but God seemed to want it so for
me. True to form, I argued with Him for years about that and still do
When a novice in my twenties, I used to look at two real saints of
St. Leo Abbey, Brothers David Gormican and Raphael Daly, both now
gone to God. I am not even sure I thought it had become easier for
them at the end of their lives, I thought, with the mindlessness so
easy for me then, that they were just so old they didn't care
My dear friend Ann Chatlos was a FABULOUS cook and she had been at it
for years. One day I went to see her and we sat talking in her
kitchen, she was fiddling around, nothing special. Frankly, I didn't
even notice any activity that would have produced a meal. She finally
turned around and said to me: "Stay for dinner." I asked when it
would be ready and she said, "Now." I was floored. While we spoke, a
pie, chicken and roast potatoes and something else I forget had been
going on. A full meal with nothing out of cans and a homemade
dessert, yet it appeared that she had just been chatting.
That's the nonchalance of Brother David and Brother Raphael. It
wasn't that they didn't care, it was that things of sanctity had
become so much second nature to them that many of those around them
never noticed that dinner was ready. May that nonchalance of sanctity
come to us all, and may Brothers David and Raphael and Ann, now also
with God, pray us there.
Love and prayers,